Women's Forum of Litchfield
The Women’s Forum of Litchfield, CT is an organization whose purpose is to
provide programs that reflect “a thoughtful exchange on subjects of general interest.”
Founded in 1914, the organization has had an impressive list of speakers
throughout its history including Eleanor Roosevelt.
For more information:
860-605-7207

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Women’s Forum of Litchfield Presents
Meredith Wilcox-Levine
speaking about Costume Conservation
Thursday, January 3 ~ 2:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield
welcomes Meredith Wilcox-Levine
to speak on the subject of Textile Conservation:
A Changing Field for a Changing Art
at the Litchfield Community Center,
421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT on
Thursday, January 3, beginning at 2:30 pm.

Meredith is a Textile Conservator at the Textile Conservation Workshop.
She holds an M.S. in Historical Costume and Textile Conservation
from the University of Rhode Island.  A member of the Costume Society
of America, she specializes in costume conservation and lectures on
general conservation practices.  Her interests range from historic
and theatrical costume to exhibition mount-making,
sports memorabilia and contemporary fiber art.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a
$10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception.
The contacts for more information are 860-567-3966

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Women’s Forum of Litchfield Presents
“Stepping Back In History”
Thursday, October 3, 2013
@ Litchfield Community Center

Members of The Litchfield Women's Forum
Portraying the founding members, left to right:
Susan Spencer as Adelaide Deming
Leah Dmytrck as Elizabeth Buel
Lynn Wilson as Harriet Hubbard
Beth Boynton as Stella Van Lear
Susan Pollock as Annie Trumbull
Susan Pasquariello The Historian
photo by Laurellee McKiernan

Among the members and guests was 94yr. old Dorothy Kennedy (front left)
photo by Laurellee McKiernan

100 Years ~ Litchfield Women’s Forum ~ 2014
 Life in 1910-1914 was very difficult for women at that time they had no rights.
Women had no power to change any government ideas.
They were under patriarchal authority and could not vote.
In 1914 the Women’s suffrage movement was gaining momentum.

That same year Litchfield CT became the home of the Woman’s Forum.
Harriet Hubbard, wife of Philip Hubbard, the President of the First National Bank of Litchfield,
 invited a group of 14 of the town’s most active and interesting women to her home
for tea and to discuss the establishment of a woman’s club.
That was the beginning of The Litchfield Woman’s Forum.

On March 26 1914, Mrs. Hubbard placed an announcement in the Litchfield Enquirer:

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In 1925, the Forum began inviting outside speakers and has played a remarkable role in bringing
well known people to Litchfield including Eleanor Roosevelt; the architect Marcel Breuer;
authors Katherine Ann Porter and Madeleine L’Engle; travel writer Eugene Fodor;
inventor of the helicopter, Igor Sikorsky; as well as an interesting mix of
speakers on subjects including art, music, travel, and current events.

Almost 100 years later, the Women’s Forum (as it is called) is open to men and women.
The philosophy has been maintained as well as the structure of
serving tea and refreshments after the guest speakers.

We now meet once a month from October to May at 2:30 PM at the Litchfield Community Center.
Membership fees: $35 a year - $10 fee for guests attending single programs.

The Women’s Forum has maintained the goal of the Forum
to provide enriching and enlightened programs.